Light upon Light

Light upon Light

by Wadada Leo Smith


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Wadada Leo Smith's second recording for the Tzadik label, Light Upon Light, is more spacious and a little colder than his first, Tao-Njia. It consists of five compositions performed by varying lineups, including his group N'Da Kulture. The opening composition is performed by California's EAR Unit, who are also heard on Tao-Njia. "Moths, Flames, and the Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees" is a slightly atmospheric, scenic piece that includes the welcome presence of Vicki Ray's piano playing. Following this is a rather dramatic solo viola composition, on which high vibratos hint at the lower harmonic and melodic modes that the heard notes are only a variant of, or harmony to. Next comes "MultiAmerica," a work of sound effects, spoken word, and Smith's trumpet. "Nur," performed by New Century Players, was composed for the bassist Bertram Turetzky. It starts out minimal, with bass clusters, until celesta and harmonium toll in more activity and the composition gradually swells toward crescendo, then drops into a fast dwindle before actually peaking. During "A Thousand Cranes: A Memorial for Amir Hamzehi," Mark Trayle achieves accordion-like effects through electronics, while Smith provides slow trumpet statements that reverb and fade.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/1999
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397704621
catalogNumber: 7046
Rank: 90608

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Performance Credits

Wadada Leo Smith   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Kenong
David Rosenboom   Conductor
Billy Powell   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Brian Pezzone   Harmonium
Mark Trayle   Track Performer,electronics
Allan Vogel   Oboe
Bertram Turetzky   Solo Instrumental,Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Viola
Rob Lorentz   Violin
Dorothy Stone   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo
Stephen Lucky Mosko   Conductor
I. Nyoman Wenten   Gender Barung
Harumi Makino Smith   Track Performer
Arthur Jarvinen   Cymbals,Drums,Bass Drums,Marimbas,Vibes,Tibetan Bells,Hi Hat,Axatse
Marty Walker   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello

Technical Credits

Wadada Leo Smith   Producer
Tom Erbe   Engineer
Kazunori Sugiyama   Producer
John Zorn   Executive Producer
Harumi Makino Smith   Poetry

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